Thanks to Good Planning, Arlington is Building Over 200 New Affordable Housing Units

A rendering of Gilliam Place, which will add 173 new units of affordable housing along Columbia Pike (Source: KGD Architecture)
Arlington has set ambitious goals to tackle housing affordability, in part by making it easier for developers to build affordable housing in the first place. According to a recent report, Arlington made plans for new affordable units and brought its number of homeless residents down last year even as rents and housing costs went up. Read more... Read more

Baltimore Hopes to Create Model for Safe DIY Artist Spaces

Outside Baltimore's Bell Foundry artist live/work space (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore’s Bell Foundry, a two-story theater, art venue and live-work space, was shuttered the week after the fire in Oakland claimed the lives of 36 people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh soon after created a task force to create a network of safe and affordable spaces for Baltimore’s artists. The task force has moved forward quickly, creating three working groups to identify artists’ space needs, study code and regulatory issues, and come up with creative financing options for new development. Read... Read more

Transforming a ‘Barracks’ into a Neighborhood

Westlawn Gardens is a walkable community (Source: Torti Gallas and Partners)
Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens was once known as “barracks housing,” and known for being inefficient, undersized and isolated from surrounding neighborhoods. Today, thanks to support from the largest affordable tax credit award in Wisconsin history, Westlawn has been redeveloped with a mix of multifamily buildings, townhouses, and single-family homes for more than 300 residents. Read more... Read more

The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can’t Afford to Live in Cities Anymore

(Nano Calvo / VWPics / Redux)
There’s a battle playing out on a neighborhood level in every growing city in America: between those who want to keep property values high, and those who want the chance to live in the cities that have the best economic prospects. The casualties in this war are mostly the middle class. In 2016, rents continued their years-long rise, incomes stratified further, and the average price to buy a home in major US cities rose. The strain pushed the middle class... Read more
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